April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
The US Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday allowing North Carolina to do away with same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting. The order stays a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which held that those provisions of the North Carolina law should not be ...[read more]
June 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., a long-running patent infringement case. Biosig sued Nautilus in 2004, alleging that Nautilus infringed its patent for a heart-rate monitor. A district court found Biosig's patent invalid because of " ...[read more]
December 8, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday denied an application to stay the merger of US Airways and American Airlines without issuing an opinion. The group of consumers filed the application based on similar antitrust claims already brought and settled by the US Department of ...[read more]
January 9, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council that water flowing through a concrete channel from different points in the river does not create a pollutant under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Justice Ruth Bader ...[read more]
December 14, 2012
by Julia Zebley
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday refused the request for a stay in Hedges v. Obama that would have temporarily blocked enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). A group of reporters and advocates filed an emergency appeal with Ginsburg Thursday in ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Opponents of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to block the law's enforcement. A group of seven individuals and one organization had challenged the law claiming it would stifle ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Astrue v. Capato that children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a parent's death are not entitled to that parent's social security benefits. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced the decision, which agreed with the Social Security ...[read more]
August 7, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 7, 2010, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the US Supreme Court. The former US Solicitor General and dean of Harvard Law School replaced Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama in May 2010 and the US Senate confirmed her ...[read more]
March 15, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 15, 2007, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that Nazi symbols may be used to protest extremism, so long as the anti-Nazi meaning of such protest was immediately apparent. The ruling overturned an earlier decision from the state court at Stuttgart, which had asserted that allowing ...[read more]

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